The bodies of 16 people who were hit by the inundation near the Amarnath cave have been recovered. The sixteenth body was recovered from Lower Sangam on Saturday. Five dead have been identified. Three of them were residents of Rajasthan and two from Delhi. More than 40 are still reported missing. In the ongoing rescue operation from Friday evening, till around 4 am on Saturday, 15,000 passengers were shifted to safer places around the holy cave and along the yatra route. So far, 11 of the 63 injured have been airlifted to SKIMS Srinagar. No passenger was allowed to travel on the traditional Baltal and Pahalgam routes on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a batch of 6047 pilgrims was dispatched from the base camp Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu with tight security. On Sunday also, a rescue operation will be conducted around the holy cave to find the missing passengers. Army officials said that in the rescue operation, mountain rescue teams and Lookout Patrol Party personnel are searching for the missing people with state-of-the-art equipment.
The injured are being shifted to the hospital by army helicopter. Some teams have been deployed to restore the travel route completely. More than six thousand passengers are staying in Baltal. Similarly, there is a gathering of thousands of devotees at Nunwan Pahalgam base camp. Arrangements are being made to transport the passengers who have been safely evacuated from the holy cave to their destination.
The injured are being given proper treatment. An administrative official from Baltal said that they have not received any complaint of missing persons, which is expected to ensure that not many more passengers will be missing.
identification of the dead
Mohan Lal Badhawa and Sunita Badhawa both residents of Ganganagar Rajasthan, V Ramati (62) resident of Ambedkar Nagar Madanjir, South Delhi, Prakashi (57) resident of Madanjir Ambedkar Nagar and Sushil Khatri resident of Rajasthan A-1 Mansarovar Sriganganagar